The Republic of Moldova became a member of the Council of Europe on 13 July 1995.
The CoE Action Plan to support democratic reforms in the Republic of Moldova (2013-2016) was adopted by the CM in November 2013. The Action Plan has been developed as a strategic co-operation framework to support key national reforms and ultimately bring the country's legislative and regulatory frameworks, institutions and practice further in line with European standards. The Action Plan is well-aligned with national strategies and policy documents such as the Strategy for Justice Sector Reform (SJSR) 2011-2016, the National Human Rights Action Plan 2011-2014, the National Decentralisation Strategy and other sectorial strategies.
CoE interventions target multiple sectors and policy areas including the functioning of democratic institutions with a particular focus on constitutional reform and elections, the fight against corruption, support to the justice sector reform, assistance to National Human Rights Institutions, combatting ill-treatment and impunity, combatting trafficking in human beings, freedom and pluralism of media, internet governance, local democracy and decentralisation as well as Confidence Building Measures across the Dnistru river.
CoE country-specific programmes in the Republic of Moldova are implemented alongside a number of regional joint programmes with the EU in the framework of the EaP Facility. The EAP Facility actions are geared towards enhancing judicial reform, supporting free and fair elections, combatting corruption as well as cybercrime.
The Action Plan consists of a total of 23 country-specific and regional/multilateral programmes with an overall financial volume slightly higher than 18 million Euros.
Watch the interview with Verena Taylor, Director of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes discussing the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova.